If your idea of romance extends to travel, then one destination may not be enough for your wedding! Take the celebrations a notch higher by getting married while on the move—we propose a wedding in three cities across Rajasthan. By Ano Patel
Head to Jaipur’s iconic Taj Rambagh Palace for an unforgettable engagement ceremony. The marble corridors adorned with priceless artifacts, ornamental gardens, a majestic courtyard, and an old steam locomotive turned into a restaurant make the perfect backdrop for a pre-wedding shoot and ring ceremony. The palace lets you soak in the finest Rajput legacy and offers stunning indoor and outdoor venues like the Mubarak Hall, Jaigarh Hall, Nahargarh Hall and Panghat for intimate ceremonies as well as Kesar Bagh for an elaborate affair.
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The Mughal Terrace is a mix of the royalty of a bygone era with all modern amenities that make the perfect setting for a memorable sangeet ceremony.
► Beat the conventional ways of sight- seeing and get a bird’s eye view of the Pink City in a hot air balloon. The mighty forts and palaces make a mesmerising sight from up above and you can also watch the sun rise and set over the Aravallis.
► Visit the Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing at Chanwar Palkhiwalon Ki Haveli to watch and learn the ancient craft of wood block carving and printing. Dig into a traditional Rajasthani thali at the venue
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► If some family members are bonding over a game of elephant polo or golf, others can visit the colourful bazaars in the walled city of Jaipur that are home to some of the best traditional textiles and jewellery shops.
The Oberoi Udaivilas in Udaipur is an unparalleled venue for a fairy-tale wedding. Located on the banks of Lake Pichola, the sprawling historic property has beaten hotels around the world to win accolades for its hospitality and regal architecture. Their beautifully-landscaped gardens, sculpted fountains and serene poolside are stunning venues for the mehendi ceremony. Rich Mewari heritage and specially- crafted menus make this domed hotel the perfect location to have a wedding function fit for a king and queen.
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This royal retreat has a wildlife sanctuary spread over 20 acres, which is home to white-spotted deer, peacocks, and wild boar.
► There is something for everyone at The Oberoi Udaivilas. Culinary enthusiasts are in for a treat as they enjoy a tour of the exquisite kitchen garden and participate in an interactive cooking session.
► Art lovers can choose between creating a miniature painting or attending a traditional thekri workshop to load up on souvenirs. For a more fun activity, organise a safa (turban) tying competition for family members.
► Just to ensure that kids are not left behind, tempt them with activities ranging from pot painting to making kites and flying them on the grounds beside Lake Pichola.
Head to the opulent Suryagarh in Jaisalmer for a grand reception under the starry sky. Located 14 kilometres outside the main city, it boasts spectacular sandstone courtyards bound by mighty fort walls and a selection of terraces to choose from as your venue. Cobble- stoned paths lit with hundreds of diyas guide you to beautiful mandaps in the middle of a bawdi. Teamed with exclusive services, this setting makes the dream conclusion to your wedding ceremonies.
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Suryagarh can pack a punch for wedding gifts— traditional jewellery boxes, a pack of specially- designed playing cards, and raw silk bags.
► Host your post-wedding party in the desert under the moonlit sky. Rajasthani folk music and the desert breeze will keep the tempo high. Ride on camels before settling down in comfy tents in the middle of the sandy dunes for a game of cards and a selection of cocktails and canapés.
► Adventure enthusiasts can indulge in activities such as dune bashing, quad biking, paramotoring, and paragliding over the Thar Desert for views that are a treat to the eyes.
► After days packed with ceremonies, relax with private sessions of yoga, meditation, and Buddhist chanting with a resident expert.
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